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Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre serves as both legacy and catalyst in Nanjing’s Hexi New Town

The Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre harnessed the energy of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to create a project with a lasting legacy that has enhanced and also regenerated its setting — acting as both an anchor and a catalyst for future investment in Nanjing’s Hexi New Town.

Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Unveils First-of-its-Kind HouseZero Lab & Prototype

“HouseZero’s flexible, data-driven infrastructure will allow us to further research that demystifies building behavior, and design the next generation of ultra-efficient structures,” said Ali Malkawi, founding director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and the creator and leader of the HouseZero project. “By creating both a prototype and an infrastructure for long-term research, we hope to raise interest in ultra-efficient retrofits and inspire substantial shifts in the design and operation of buildings.”

Space Needle’s renovated observation decks achieve high thermal performance with Technoform spacers

In reimagining the building Olson Kundig respected the Space Needle’s conceptual innovation and enduring legacy as originally envisioned by Edward E. Carlson, and as designed by John Graham with Victor Steinbruek, to reflect aspirations of the Space Age. Working with Olson Kundig from the renovation’s earliest stages, glazing consultant and designer Front Inc. specified Technoform’s spacers to help achieve the Space Needle’s design goals.

Salina Central High School improves aesthetics and acoustics with Rockfon ceilings

Blending new construction with renovated areas, Rockfon ceiling systems helped improve acoustics throughout the 60,000-square-foot high school. Salina Central High School in Kansas celebrated the completion of its expansion and renovation project in March 2018. Originally constructed in 1952, the facility had not received many improvements through the decades. Maintaining the school’s sense of history, DLR Group and Jones Gillam Renz Architects designed an updated and larger facility to provide more space and modern features.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Completes the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation, Designed by Lake|Flato Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced that it has finished the second phase in its multi-year campus redevelopment plan with the completion of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. The 39,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility by Lake|Flato Architects brings the Museum’s distinguished conservation teams together on the main campus for the first time, in one of the largest, continuous spaces for conservation of any public museum.

Grove at Grand Bay withstands Hurricane Irma with help from PPG Duranar fluoropolymer coatings

Designed by globally renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Grove at Grand Bay features two swiveling 20-story towers, each housing 49 upscale condominiums highlighted by expansive views of Biscayne Bay and its lush tropical surroundings. Tecnoglass engineered hurricane-resistant window walls, glass doors and metal framing systems finished with Duranar fluoropolymer coatings by PPG.

Building Up with Precast Concrete Panels

Builder Syed Bokhari passionately believes in creating durable, energy-efficient housing for seniors. That dedicated focus has led him to explore creative construction practices — including the use of precast concrete panels from Superior Walls by Magnis.

Inside the historic Ace Hotel in New Orleans

The Ace Hotel New Orleans is located on a corner lot in the historic Warehouse District, within walking distance of a gourmet grocery, upscale retail establishments, and a variety of fine dining options. This 184,000-square-foot mixed-use development centered around the renovation of an existing 9-story circa 1928 building. Once the home of the largest furniture store in the South, the building was designed by Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth, architects of the Louisiana State Capitol. In addition to renovating the Art Deco building, the project included a 4-story addition.

Unveiling the future of construction by revisiting the past

Rising to 85 feet, Carbon12 is currently the tallest mass timber building in the United States. A boutique collection of 14 units, Carbon12 is a glass and timber showpiece located in Portland, Oregon. Its structure is assembled from prefabricated Structurlam GlulamPlus® beams and columns, and CrossLam® CLT panels, which represent the next big evolution in the construction industry in the United States, and which have enormous positive economic and environmental potential.

New and Transformed Spaces Enhance Academic Mission, Campus Life at the University of Pittsburgh

The new academic year brings the first reveal of renovations at Hillman Library, updated computer labs and study spaces and great new green spaces for gathering.These are just a few of the dozens of updates and upgrades that were completed while many University of Pittsburgh faculty and students were away for the summer.

San Francisco’s Vida comes to life with Winco Windows’ system, finished by Linetec

Located in the colorful Mission District of San Francisco, Vida brings to life a long-vacant space as an upscale, mixed-use residential and retail, urban infill project. Designed by DLR Group|Kwan Henmi, the façade reflects the color and texture of the neighborhood’s Latin-influenced murals, craft and culture, and is scaled with respect to the adjacent buildings’ varied heights and setbacks.

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple-desgined The Park, a hybrid structure merging parking with retail

The Park designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is a six-story hybrid structure, which merges a 441-space parking garage with 27,000-square-feet of street-level retail. Located in the booming Warehouse District of downtown New Orleans, The Park captures the aesthetic rigor of the existing 19th century warehouses, while rethinking this overly conventional building typology and its construction methods.

Stanton Williams’ ‘Open Up’ project delivers a Royal Opera House for the 21st Century

London’s Royal Opera House (ROH) has been reinvigorated following a major transformation by architect Stanton Williams and a team of over 30 contractors to enhance the experience for the public, staff and performers alike. The result, launched this September, is a physical manifestation of cultural change at the ROH through the realisation of its ‘Open Up’ project. This aims to enliven the Opera House throughout the day as a welcoming, multifaceted and inclusive cultural and social hub.

Zaha Hadid Architects wins competition to build Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected by the jury of the international design competition to build the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Echoing the physical aspects of sound waves, the design of the new Philharmonic Concert Hall is based on the properties of musical sound resonance creating wave vibrations in a continuous smooth surface.

Cuningham Group Architecture Unveils Southern California Advanced Care Center

Owned by Providence Health Services, the three-story, 106,000-square-foot (not including parking) Care Center will house a Women’s Center, Imaging Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Clinics, Medical and Surgical Oncology, Infusion Center and 2 Linear Accelerators. Cuningham Group is the executive architect and designer of tenant improvements, including all the interior medical facilities. CallisonRTKL is architect of record for the exterior core shell.

Visually Striking World-Class Care Center Opens with New UPMC Location

Constructed with over 20,000 square feet of SYNTHEON Accel-E Wall, Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (STEP) System, the exterior walls combine light-gauge metal stud framing and continuous insulation, to reduce building costs and time, while improving energy-efficiency. The exterior metal skin further utilizes IMETCO’s IntelliScreen Complete Rainscreen Wall System with Element Metal Panels coated in four shades of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings Fluropon, its flagship 70% PVDF exterior architectural metal coating.

Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center in Texas features Tubelite systems inside and out

“Collaboration at all levels is the driving force behind the design,” described VLK Architects Project Designer Richard Hunt, AIA, LEED® AP. “Expressive and monumental, the architecture is unique to the neighborhood and city as a whole. The expansive curtainwall, featuring diagonal sun shade fins, serves as a subconscious billboard to passersby – visitors and students understand they are entering an institution of higher learning and not just another run-of-the-mill high school building.”

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building

The design team led by HDR focused on creating a space that would cultivate collaboration and communication among its researchers, scientists and staff. The goal was to design an open and inviting environment full of natural light that would inspire as well as serve as a reflection of the positive medical advancements taking place at the center. Additionally, because of the hospital’s coastal location, there was a strong desire and need to meet Florida’s newly updated stringent hurricane impact resistance requirements. Minnesota-based specialty contractor, MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked closely with YKK AP America Inc. to carefully choose the right, impact-resistant products for the project.

SEPTA Downtown Link features glass block “active” wall system by EXTECH

This summer, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed the first phase of the Downtown Link, its Center City concourse improvement program to upgrade the underground pedestrian tunnel network. Significant architectural enhancements were made during this phase including an innovative, backlit, glass block “active” wall system by Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH).

The Shop, a co-working space in New Orleans, facilitates connection with sustainable design

The Shop features over 40,000-square-feet of co-working space for a diverse group of creative professionals across a wide range of industries. The workspace includes 69 fully-furnished offices, seven conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, and 15,000-square-feet of art-filled Commons amenity space, spanning two floors and a roof deck. The Shop is connected by an open architectural staircase and featuring an extensive amenity and commons area, varied meeting and office space, and a roof deck. The renovation preserves the warehouse district character of the architecture while incorporating modern elements. The light-filled space features high ceilings with exposed beams, large windows, a contemporary art collection, and a flowing, open floor plan.

Historical and contemporary design harmonize in luxury CARBONDALE-designed Dolce&Gabbana Venetian store

When asked to design the new Venetian Dolce&Gabbana flagship store, Eric Carlson and his Paris-based office, CARBONDALE, set out to create a new and different retail experience, one that customizes and enhances the cultural values and traditions of Italian quality and authenticity shared by both Dolce&Gabbana and the city of Venice.

Guardian Glass helps 7 St. Thomas rise out of historic setting

High performance bent and flat glass from Guardian Glass helped Hariri Pontarini Architects create an undulating modern glass tower in 7 St. Thomas in Toronto, while still meeting the building team’s performance requirements. The unique structure is built on top of six historical Victorian townhomes, which are the original structures on the building site.

Holland America Group realizes vision in built form with new Seattle Headquarters

To bring Holland America Group’s brands—Holland America, Princess, and Seabourn—into closer alignment and increase operational efficiences, the company sought to consolidate operations within a single facility. Securing a five-story, 150,000-square-foot building near Seattle’s waterfront (a building that was still in design), provided the opportunity to realize their vision in built form.

Health education building at University of Kansas glazed with Solarban 70XL, Solarban 72 Starphire glasses by Vitro Glass

Solarban® 70XL solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glass and Solarban® 72 on Starphire® low-iron glass by Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) are key components in the University of Kansas (KU) Medical Center Health Education Building (HEB), an interdisciplinary, multipurpose academic facility.

A room with a view: Seattle’s Space Needle’s revolving glass floor

The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain. The upper and lower levels are now unified by a cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, creating a new destination that embodies the spirit of possibility for which Seattle is known. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand, or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and elevators.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects-Designed Salesforce Transit Center, Unveiled

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects unveils the1.2 million square foot Salesforce Transit Center including its rooftop park, Salesforce Park. Stretching four blocks along Mission Street, one block south of the city’s Financial District, the long awaited Transit Center is a new paradigm for urban design in the United States.

ProMedica Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio

When global architectural firm HKS met with ProMedica to discuss the regional health system’s plans to consolidate 11 physician practices into its new Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio, the medical provider made its expectations clear: the building needed to foster connectivity, flexibility and a sense of place within the community. Solarban® 72 solar control low-e glass by Vitro Glass, featuring an ultra-transparent Starphire® glass substrate, was integral to achieving that mandate.

Noll & Tam Architects’ striking design of David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University’s Green Library

The project renovated the fourth floor of Stanford University’s Green Library to house David Rumsey’s rare map collection. The design weaves together the stunning visual impact of the maps into the experience of the built environment.

Midtown21 Office Building among first in Seattle to meet city’s stringent new energy code

The Midtown21 Office Building, designed by LMN Architects, reimagines the office tower typology to accommodate a new generation of tenants in the tech sector, focusing on flexibility and interactivity. The 21-story, 365,000-square-foot, Class A office tower commands a vibrant street corner in Seattle’s rapidly transforming Denny Triangle district, setting a precedent for sustainable, civic-oriented design on a city-designated “Green Street.”

BAM South in Brooklyn, New York

Designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, the 32-story structure features REYNOBOND aluminum composite material (ACM) panels by ALCOA Architectural Products fabricated into pans and finished with DURANAR XL fluoropolymer coatings by PPG. Opened in 2017, the mixed-use building is home to 300 apartments and condominiums, retail stores and 50,000 square-feet of cultural space hosting tenants such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinemas, Brooklyn Public Library, MoCADA and 651 Arts.

California credit union transforms interior into modern, comfortable, open concept design with Rockfon ceiling system

Serving as both architect and interior designer, arcINTERIORS worked closely with Travis Credit Union and Sierra View General Contractor to bring its client’s transformative vision to reality. “One of the main goals for the recent branch transformation was to create a branch that was modern in aesthetics, but still provide a sense of comfort and intuitiveness for the members from the moment they first walk into their branch,” said arcINTERIORS’ principal Aileen L. Sulzinger, CID, LEED® AP ID+C. To accomplish both the aesthetic and functional needs of the project, arcINTERIORS selected Rockfon Artic® acoustic stone wool ceiling panels and Chicago Metallic® suspension systems.

Berkeley YMCA – PG&E Teen Center

Berkeley YMCA – PG&E Teen Center is a collaborative reuse project designed by Berkeley-based Noll & Tam Architects with the help of the YMCA Teen Task Force to ensure that the youth viewpoint was incorporated. When Pacific Gas & Electric donated an 8,000-square-foot decommissioned payment center across from Berkeley High School, it provided the ideal mix of opportunity for adaptive reuse. The design-build team transformed the 1964 concrete office building by opening it up with glazed storefronts, a new partial third story with roof deck, and flexible interior spaces. Bright colors reflect a youthful spirit.

Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa Bahrain

GM Architects is excited to announce the future interior design and collaboration with the Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa in Bahrain, in association with DSA architects, the first 5-star retreat resort of its kind to open in the area, set to launch by the end of 2019.

McCullough Mulvin Architects’ striking student accommodation for Thapar University in India – shortlisted for World Architecture Festival award

McCullough Mulvin Architects in partnership with Design Plus Associates (DPA) have designed an overall masterplan for the 250-acre site to provide a series of iconic buildings for the University, including two phases of student residences, a sports centre and a new learning centre incorporating a library, lecture theatres and computer science building. A contemporary approach to design and materials has been employed across the campus to position the University as part of a modern, contemporary India.

Crescent Park, part of a greener future for the City of New Orleans

Part of a larger master plan that envisions a new, greener future for the City of New Orleans and its riverfront, Crescent Park was designed to reconnect people with the river and transform the remnants of the city’s industrial and maritime past into a verdant, accessible, community asset.

Unique wooden roof structure with laminated veneer lumber

Designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, a unique roof construction of the new dining hall is the centrepiece of the regional college in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Visitors see a suspended roof, which is perfectly integrated into the landscape. The unusual roof construction was designed by German Liebel/Architekten and it was constructed using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL products.

Las Vegas Vortex Canopy Creates Striking Structure on the Strip

The canopy was formed from 60,000 square-feet of Engineered Wall System Inc.’s 400 series rainscreen system using ALPOLIC Material’s fire-retardant (FR) core aluminum composite material (ACM). These metal panels feature Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating‘s Valflon® coating in Platinum Mica, Champagne Mica and Silver Metallic. Valflon was the ideal choice for this specific project, as it required a bold look with lots of gloss and shine. Even better, this coating is highly resistant to weathering, airborne chemicals, acid rain and graffiti-removing cleaning solvents.

University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, St. Paul, Minnesota

It’s the best of both worlds at the state-of-the-art Bee and Pollinator Research Lab at the University of Minnesota. Inside, scientists are studying how to reverse the decline in wild pollinators and honeybees, while outside, robins and cardinals stand a significantly better chance of avoiding potentially deadly collisions with the building’s windows, thanks to energy-efficient, bird-safe glass combining technologies from Vitro Glass and Walker Textures®.

Camp Havaya Eco-Village, Pocono Mountains, Pa.

Camp Havaya is an environmentally focused summer camp designed to Reconstructionist Theology; “Tikkun Olam – fixing of the world is in our hands.” It is built of earth-friendly materials such as: recycled plastic decking, milk crates, bottles and reclaimed doors; solar heated hot water, waterless urinals; PV panels and rain gardens. This summer camp teaches campers Reconstructionist Jewish precepts of saving the earth and enjoying life, using powerful social spaces and demonstrating sustainability with earth friendly materials.

New York’s The Forge showcases distinctive, copper anodized, aluminum wall panel system

Opened this spring, The Forge, a 272-unit luxury residential tower in Long Island, New York, features a façade of copper-colored anodized aluminum cladding. Designed by FXCollaborative, its distinctive, artistically inspired, industrial-influenced, exterior is composed of Dri-Design’s aluminum wall panel system finished by Linetec. The project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

UCLA Luskin Conference Center sets a high bar for hospitality sustainability, features Wausau’s windows, doors and curtainwall

The recently opened University of California Los Angeles’ Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center (UCLA Luskin Conference Center) sets a new standard for conference centers and hotels, not just in a campus setting, but for the hospitality industry as a whole. Last year, the $162 million building earned LEED® Platinum certification and is considered one of the most sustainable hotels in the United States. Supporting UCLA Luskin Conference Center’s sustainability goals, acoustic performance and access to natural light were key contributors. Windows dominate the conference center’s lobby and meeting rooms, flooding the interior with sunshine. Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided high-performance windows, terrace doors and a curtainwall to help manage exterior noise and interior comfort, while contributing to the building’s overall energy efficiency.

KWK Architects Designs Multi-Phase Community Replacement

The University of Missouri (Mizzou) in Columbia, MO is bustling with two new residence halls; a state-of-the-art, multi-restaurant dining facility; and a Starbucks coffeehouse – all designed by KWK Architects as part of a multi-phase community redevelopment project. The three-phased, master plan would include a total of five new residence halls and a distinctive dining facility to replace an outdated dining hall and three residential towers, all of which were demolished to make room for the new buildings.

The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island, New York

Architects specify rainscreen systems to fulfill two primary functions: the first is to keep moisture from entering a building; the second is to prevent heat from escaping. Thanks to a collaboration between Morphosis Architects, A. Zahner Company and PPG, the rainscreen system on The Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech does more than serve those purposes – it also works as a color-shifting wall of art.

Ashley McGraw Architects Designs New MacArthur Elementary School in Binghamton, NY

In 2011, the existing MacArthur Elementary School was destroyed when the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers flooded due to Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. The school was the heart of a vibrant city neighborhood and served an ethnically, socioeconomically and racially diverse student population. Ashley McGraw Architects aimed to redefine what an urban elementary school could be, restore and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and create a deeply sustainable and resilient building and site.

Los Gatos Library, California

Nestled at the foot of a wooded hillside, the new Los Gatos Public Library is a key element within a master plan that strengthens the connection between the town’s civic center and historic Pageant Park. With its rectangular form, the two-story public library complements the adjacent 1960s Civic Center, an elegant masonry building split into quadrants and located partially below grade. “We wanted to create a connection with, and a contrast to, the existing 1960s-era Civic Center building,” notes Chris Noll, FAIA, Principal in Charge and co-founder of Noll & Tam.

Orlando International Airport’s South Intermodal Terminal Facility topped with Acurlite skylight, finished by Linetec

The ITF is expected to be the first building on the Orlando International Airport campus to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 certification standards. Featuring an 8,000-square-foot, heavy-duty commercial skylight, the ITF’s daylighting system helps connect those arriving and working within the space to the welcoming surroundings and Florida sunshine outside. Acurlite Structural Skylights, Inc. manufactured and installed the low-rise, segmented barrel vault skylight. Linetec provided stretch forming, thermally improvement and finishing of the skylight to meet the airport’s aesthetic, sustainability and high-performance requirements.

Shepley Bulfinch and University of Houston Celebrate Grand Opening of Health 2, the University’s Second Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

Shepley Bulfinch announced today the completion of Health 2, the University of Houston’s (UH) second health and biomedical sciences building. The newest component of Houston’s Carnegie-Designated Tier One public research institution, Health 2 is a nine-story, 300,000 SF facility that provides a new home for the University’s College of Pharmacy, the Student Health Center, community clinical and wellness spaces, and two floors of expanded research space.

High Performance Systems Performs Floor Installation for Electrical Generation Facility in New Jersey

This flooring project was completed for one of the largest electrical generation plants in New Jersey. More specifically the new flooring system would be installed in the machine shop of the facility. In the machine shop old generators and parts were refurbished which, required heavy machining equipment, forklifts, and a 50-ton hoist. Due to the heavy loads and substances required to complete daily machine shop operations, the floor needed to have excellent scratch, abrasion, impact and chemical resistance. To complete the project, High Performance Systems, a local resinous flooring contractor was hired to replace the existing 14,000 sq. ft. floor with a new epoxy system in 3 days. To avoid a plant shutdown, the project was scheduled to start on New Year’s Eve.

CJ Blossom Park Named the Best New Laboratory in the World

The design of CJ Blossom Park is founded on CannonDesign’s “New Scientific Workplace” concept — a radical design approach that replaces traditional laboratory planning ideas with integrated innovation strategies to create dynamic, boundary-less environments that increase productivity, efficiency and creativity.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital features inviting canopies outside, patient-focused care inside

“Design goals from the start included addressing wellness, systems and integration, and patient and staff experience throughout the facility. We additionally challenged the team to incorporate themes around our patron saint, Saint Elizabeth, and her history of serving the sick and the poor,” says Susan Holloway, RN, BSN, director of construction management for HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

Bruciato on Bainbridge Island, Washington

Above the fifteen-seat bar – inlaid with Carrara marble in a chevron pattern – and along the eastern wall, hang steel light fixtures designed by Eerkes and Perhacs Studio, both island residents. Salvaged church benches serve as seating for the two-top tables, which feature old growth, salvaged fir. Weather permitting, a custom galvanized-steel bi-fold door opens the restaurant directly to the sidewalk, merging inside with outside. In the back corner of the restaurant, next to the brick pizza oven imported from Stefano Ferrara of Naples, is a custom-designed, blackened-steel, diamond-structured firewood rack. About the feel of the space, which seats 90, Eerkes notes, “The island is very community-focused. I wanted to design a comfortable place I’d be proud to take my friends. Bruciato has become the island clubhouse.”

Carbon neutrality is now reality at American University

American University publicly pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 in 2010. Due to the commitment, leadership, and innovative strategic planning of its staff, faculty, and students, AU has reached its goal two years early. AU is not only the first carbon neutral university in the nation, but also the first urban campus and the first research university to accomplish this important achievement. AU has met the guidelines set by Second Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating climate action in and through higher education, to become a carbon neutral university.

Metal Design and Sleek Coatings Provide Air-Like Aesthetic for Renovated Boeing Facility

Calloway Johnson Moore & West of Lexington, PA was hired as the architecture firm for the development. Due to the heavy industrial use of the facility, CENTRIA’s Formawall® Dimension Series® insulated metal panels were chosen to provide thermal efficiency as well as wind and flame resistance. The panels offer superior weather protection, and deliver a sleek façade. The CENTRIA metal wall panels were coated in Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating’s Fluropon® Classic metallic coating in the colors Pewter and Silversmith – providing an air-like aesthetic to the facility’s exterior with the main overcast gray tone perfectly accented by the dark gray.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland improves energy efficiency with 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Prestige Exterior Series

The Hall and Museum are housed in an iconic geometric building designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. The main tower soars more than 160 feet (48.7 meters) into the air and supports a dual-triangular-shaped glass “tent” that contains more than 55,000 square feet (5,109 square meters) of exhibition space, along with administrative offices, shopping space and a cafe. All of that glass allows the Hall to present priceless artifacts in natural light. However, protecting those treasures from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays and keeping the building cool on sunny days also presents a challenge to building managers.

DePauw University’s new Dining Hall reflects historic campus design, meets LEED Gold criteria

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), DePauw University’s Hoover Hall provides a new dining hall for the Indiana university, while carrying forward the Georgian character of the campus and complementing the historic East College building. The $32 million project was completed on time, under budget and to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Gold criteria.

The Tower at PNC Plaza Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Vitro Architectural Glass and PNC Financial Services Group have played integral roles in the development of sustainable architecture. PNC has more newly constructed LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified green buildings than any company in the world, while Vitro Glass products have figured prominently in many of PNC’s signature architectural projects, including its boldest yet: The Tower at PNC Plaza. Opened in 2015 and planned to be one of the greenest office buildings ever built, the 33-story high-rise appears on the surface to be a conventional glass-and-steel skyscraper, yet the sleekly polished exterior hides a second glass façade that architectural firm Gensler designed, along with a rooftop solar chimney, to create a “breathing” building that uses fresh air and solar energy to naturally cool, heat and self-ventilate for much of the year.

The Hangar at Kenmore Town Square in Kenmore, Washington

The 4,600-square-foot Hangar and 24,000-square-foot Town Square provide a year-round focal point and a symbolic living room for the city. Located in the heart of downtown, the complex touches upon the primal notions of gathering, creating a venue for passive and active recreation while ensuring a home for nature in the rapidly growing community.  The Hangar, conceived as a pavilion, is designed to morph depending upon weather or functional requirements.

Race Pace Bicycles Treads Forward with Challenging Renovation

Ammon Heisler Sachs Architects was hired to conduct a full-scale remodel of the interior and exterior of the warehouse. Plans were also developed to add 4,800 square-feet to house the company’s sales floor and storeroom. A major face-lift was needed to the structure’s façade to attract customers and convey the Race Pace Bicycle brand. To accomplish this, Fabral 12″ and 16″ Silhouette HCF Series™ metal wall panels finished in Valspar Fluropon® coating in Slate Gray and a custom red were installed in a continuous horizontal pattern on the exterior.

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Officially Breaks Ground

With an iconic building designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the 300,000 square-foot non-profit museum will feature collection galleries and exhibition spaces displaying original works of art from world renowned artists, cutting-edge digital technologies and daily film screenings in two state-of-the-art theaters. It will also offer extraordinary educational opportunities with hands-on and digital classrooms and a free public research library for educators, scholars and students. Education will be a centerpiece of the Museum’s programming to provide diverse students of all ages the skills to voice their own stories and spark creativity. “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be an architectural wonder, a cultural treasure, and a center of storytelling and creativity at the heart of a reimagined Exposition Park,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I thank Mellody Hobson and George Lucas for their incredible generosity and vision, which will inspire countless Angelenos and visitors from around the world.”

Minnesota’s new Metro Transit shelters feature Linetec finishes

Minnesota’s Metro Transit owns and maintains more than 700 transit shelters throughout the Twin Cities. Recently, the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – the A Line – added 38 shelters and 40 signage pylons engineered by Duo-Gard. Constructed of aluminum and finished by Linetec in a clear anodize, the shelters and signage offer high-traffic durability in every season.

Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities Unveils First-of-its-Kind HouseZero Lab & Prototype

“HouseZero’s flexible, data-driven infrastructure will allow us to further research that demystifies building behavior, and design the next generation of ultra-efficient structures,” said Ali Malkawi, founding director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and the creator and leader of the HouseZero project. “By creating both a prototype and an infrastructure for long-term research, we hope to raise interest in ultra-efficient retrofits and inspire substantial shifts in the design and operation of buildings.”

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Space Needle’s renovated observation decks achieve high thermal performance with Technoform spacers

In reimagining the building Olson Kundig respected the Space Needle’s conceptual innovation and enduring legacy as originally envisioned by Edward E. Carlson, and as designed by John Graham with Victor Steinbruek, to reflect aspirations of the Space Age. Working with Olson Kundig from the renovation’s earliest stages, glazing consultant and designer Front Inc. specified Technoform’s spacers to help achieve the Space Needle’s design goals.

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Salina Central High School improves aesthetics and acoustics with Rockfon ceilings

Blending new construction with renovated areas, Rockfon ceiling systems helped improve acoustics throughout the 60,000-square-foot high school. Salina Central High School in Kansas celebrated the completion of its expansion and renovation project in March 2018. Originally constructed in 1952, the facility had not received many improvements through the decades. Maintaining the school’s sense of history, DLR Group and Jones Gillam Renz Architects designed an updated and larger facility to provide more space and modern features.

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Completes the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation, Designed by Lake|Flato Architects

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, announced that it has finished the second phase in its multi-year campus redevelopment plan with the completion of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. The 39,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility by Lake|Flato Architects brings the Museum’s distinguished conservation teams together on the main campus for the first time, in one of the largest, continuous spaces for conservation of any public museum.

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Grove at Grand Bay withstands Hurricane Irma with help from PPG Duranar fluoropolymer coatings

Designed by globally renowned Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Grove at Grand Bay features two swiveling 20-story towers, each housing 49 upscale condominiums highlighted by expansive views of Biscayne Bay and its lush tropical surroundings. Tecnoglass engineered hurricane-resistant window walls, glass doors and metal framing systems finished with Duranar fluoropolymer coatings by PPG.

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Building Up with Precast Concrete Panels

Builder Syed Bokhari passionately believes in creating durable, energy-efficient housing for seniors. That dedicated focus has led him to explore creative construction practices — including the use of precast concrete panels from Superior Walls by Magnis.

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Inside the historic Ace Hotel in New Orleans

The Ace Hotel New Orleans is located on a corner lot in the historic Warehouse District, within walking distance of a gourmet grocery, upscale retail establishments, and a variety of fine dining options. This 184,000-square-foot mixed-use development centered around the renovation of an existing 9-story circa 1928 building. Once the home of the largest furniture store in the South, the building was designed by Weiss, Dreyfous and Seiferth, architects of the Louisiana State Capitol. In addition to renovating the Art Deco building, the project included a 4-story addition.

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Unveiling the future of construction by revisiting the past

Rising to 85 feet, Carbon12 is currently the tallest mass timber building in the United States. A boutique collection of 14 units, Carbon12 is a glass and timber showpiece located in Portland, Oregon. Its structure is assembled from prefabricated Structurlam GlulamPlus® beams and columns, and CrossLam® CLT panels, which represent the next big evolution in the construction industry in the United States, and which have enormous positive economic and environmental potential.

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San Francisco’s Vida comes to life with Winco Windows’ system, finished by Linetec

Located in the colorful Mission District of San Francisco, Vida brings to life a long-vacant space as an upscale, mixed-use residential and retail, urban infill project. Designed by DLR Group|Kwan Henmi, the façade reflects the color and texture of the neighborhood’s Latin-influenced murals, craft and culture, and is scaled with respect to the adjacent buildings’ varied heights and setbacks.

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Eskew+Dumez+Ripple-desgined The Park, a hybrid structure merging parking with retail

The Park designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, is a six-story hybrid structure, which merges a 441-space parking garage with 27,000-square-feet of street-level retail. Located in the booming Warehouse District of downtown New Orleans, The Park captures the aesthetic rigor of the existing 19th century warehouses, while rethinking this overly conventional building typology and its construction methods.

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Stanton Williams’ ‘Open Up’ project delivers a Royal Opera House for the 21st Century

London’s Royal Opera House (ROH) has been reinvigorated following a major transformation by architect Stanton Williams and a team of over 30 contractors to enhance the experience for the public, staff and performers alike. The result, launched this September, is a physical manifestation of cultural change at the ROH through the realisation of its ‘Open Up’ project. This aims to enliven the Opera House throughout the day as a welcoming, multifaceted and inclusive cultural and social hub.

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Zaha Hadid Architects wins competition to build Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall

Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected by the jury of the international design competition to build the new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Echoing the physical aspects of sound waves, the design of the new Philharmonic Concert Hall is based on the properties of musical sound resonance creating wave vibrations in a continuous smooth surface.

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Cuningham Group Architecture Unveils Southern California Advanced Care Center

Owned by Providence Health Services, the three-story, 106,000-square-foot (not including parking) Care Center will house a Women’s Center, Imaging Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Clinics, Medical and Surgical Oncology, Infusion Center and 2 Linear Accelerators. Cuningham Group is the executive architect and designer of tenant improvements, including all the interior medical facilities. CallisonRTKL is architect of record for the exterior core shell.

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Visually Striking World-Class Care Center Opens with New UPMC Location

Constructed with over 20,000 square feet of SYNTHEON Accel-E Wall, Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (STEP) System, the exterior walls combine light-gauge metal stud framing and continuous insulation, to reduce building costs and time, while improving energy-efficiency. The exterior metal skin further utilizes IMETCO’s IntelliScreen Complete Rainscreen Wall System with Element Metal Panels coated in four shades of Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings Fluropon, its flagship 70% PVDF exterior architectural metal coating.

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Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center in Texas features Tubelite systems inside and out

“Collaboration at all levels is the driving force behind the design,” described VLK Architects Project Designer Richard Hunt, AIA, LEED® AP. “Expressive and monumental, the architecture is unique to the neighborhood and city as a whole. The expansive curtainwall, featuring diagonal sun shade fins, serves as a subconscious billboard to passersby – visitors and students understand they are entering an institution of higher learning and not just another run-of-the-mill high school building.”

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Research and Education Building

The design team led by HDR focused on creating a space that would cultivate collaboration and communication among its researchers, scientists and staff. The goal was to design an open and inviting environment full of natural light that would inspire as well as serve as a reflection of the positive medical advancements taking place at the center. Additionally, because of the hospital’s coastal location, there was a strong desire and need to meet Florida’s newly updated stringent hurricane impact resistance requirements. Minnesota-based specialty contractor, MG McGrath Architectural Glass & Glazing worked closely with YKK AP America Inc. to carefully choose the right, impact-resistant products for the project.

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SEPTA Downtown Link features glass block “active” wall system by EXTECH

This summer, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) completed the first phase of the Downtown Link, its Center City concourse improvement program to upgrade the underground pedestrian tunnel network. Significant architectural enhancements were made during this phase including an innovative, backlit, glass block “active” wall system by Exterior Technologies, Inc. (EXTECH).

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The Shop, a co-working space in New Orleans, facilitates connection with sustainable design

The Shop features over 40,000-square-feet of co-working space for a diverse group of creative professionals across a wide range of industries. The workspace includes 69 fully-furnished offices, seven conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, and 15,000-square-feet of art-filled Commons amenity space, spanning two floors and a roof deck. The Shop is connected by an open architectural staircase and featuring an extensive amenity and commons area, varied meeting and office space, and a roof deck. The renovation preserves the warehouse district character of the architecture while incorporating modern elements. The light-filled space features high ceilings with exposed beams, large windows, a contemporary art collection, and a flowing, open floor plan.

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Guardian Glass helps 7 St. Thomas rise out of historic setting

High performance bent and flat glass from Guardian Glass helped Hariri Pontarini Architects create an undulating modern glass tower in 7 St. Thomas in Toronto, while still meeting the building team’s performance requirements. The unique structure is built on top of six historical Victorian townhomes, which are the original structures on the building site.

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Holland America Group realizes vision in built form with new Seattle Headquarters

To bring Holland America Group’s brands—Holland America, Princess, and Seabourn—into closer alignment and increase operational efficiences, the company sought to consolidate operations within a single facility. Securing a five-story, 150,000-square-foot building near Seattle’s waterfront (a building that was still in design), provided the opportunity to realize their vision in built form.

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A room with a view: Seattle’s Space Needle’s revolving glass floor

The completely reimagined Space Needle experience dramatically expands views of Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, the Cascade and Olympic mountain. The upper and lower levels are now unified by a cantilever grand staircase, the Oculus Stairs, creating a new destination that embodies the spirit of possibility for which Seattle is known. Visitors to The Loupe can walk, stand, or sit on the glass floor suspended 500 feet above the city, taking in never-before-seen downward views of the Space Needle’s unique architecture and elevators.

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ProMedica Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio

When global architectural firm HKS met with ProMedica to discuss the regional health system’s plans to consolidate 11 physician practices into its new Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio, the medical provider made its expectations clear: the building needed to foster connectivity, flexibility and a sense of place within the community. Solarban® 72 solar control low-e glass by Vitro Glass, featuring an ultra-transparent Starphire® glass substrate, was integral to achieving that mandate.

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Midtown21 Office Building among first in Seattle to meet city’s stringent new energy code

The Midtown21 Office Building, designed by LMN Architects, reimagines the office tower typology to accommodate a new generation of tenants in the tech sector, focusing on flexibility and interactivity. The 21-story, 365,000-square-foot, Class A office tower commands a vibrant street corner in Seattle’s rapidly transforming Denny Triangle district, setting a precedent for sustainable, civic-oriented design on a city-designated “Green Street.”

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BAM South in Brooklyn, New York

Designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, the 32-story structure features REYNOBOND aluminum composite material (ACM) panels by ALCOA Architectural Products fabricated into pans and finished with DURANAR XL fluoropolymer coatings by PPG. Opened in 2017, the mixed-use building is home to 300 apartments and condominiums, retail stores and 50,000 square-feet of cultural space hosting tenants such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinemas, Brooklyn Public Library, MoCADA and 651 Arts.

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California credit union transforms interior into modern, comfortable, open concept design with Rockfon ceiling system

Serving as both architect and interior designer, arcINTERIORS worked closely with Travis Credit Union and Sierra View General Contractor to bring its client’s transformative vision to reality. “One of the main goals for the recent branch transformation was to create a branch that was modern in aesthetics, but still provide a sense of comfort and intuitiveness for the members from the moment they first walk into their branch,” said arcINTERIORS’ principal Aileen L. Sulzinger, CID, LEED® AP ID+C. To accomplish both the aesthetic and functional needs of the project, arcINTERIORS selected Rockfon Artic® acoustic stone wool ceiling panels and Chicago Metallic® suspension systems.

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Berkeley YMCA – PG&E Teen Center

Berkeley YMCA – PG&E Teen Center is a collaborative reuse project designed by Berkeley-based Noll & Tam Architects with the help of the YMCA Teen Task Force to ensure that the youth viewpoint was incorporated. When Pacific Gas & Electric donated an 8,000-square-foot decommissioned payment center across from Berkeley High School, it provided the ideal mix of opportunity for adaptive reuse. The design-build team transformed the 1964 concrete office building by opening it up with glazed storefronts, a new partial third story with roof deck, and flexible interior spaces. Bright colors reflect a youthful spirit.

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Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa Bahrain

GM Architects is excited to announce the future interior design and collaboration with the Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa in Bahrain, in association with DSA architects, the first 5-star retreat resort of its kind to open in the area, set to launch by the end of 2019.

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McCullough Mulvin Architects’ striking student accommodation for Thapar University in India – shortlisted for World Architecture Festival award

McCullough Mulvin Architects in partnership with Design Plus Associates (DPA) have designed an overall masterplan for the 250-acre site to provide a series of iconic buildings for the University, including two phases of student residences, a sports centre and a new learning centre incorporating a library, lecture theatres and computer science building. A contemporary approach to design and materials has been employed across the campus to position the University as part of a modern, contemporary India.

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Unique wooden roof structure with laminated veneer lumber

Designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, a unique roof construction of the new dining hall is the centrepiece of the regional college in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Visitors see a suspended roof, which is perfectly integrated into the landscape. The unusual roof construction was designed by German Liebel/Architekten and it was constructed using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL products.

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Las Vegas Vortex Canopy Creates Striking Structure on the Strip

The canopy was formed from 60,000 square-feet of Engineered Wall System Inc.’s 400 series rainscreen system using ALPOLIC Material’s fire-retardant (FR) core aluminum composite material (ACM). These metal panels feature Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating‘s Valflon® coating in Platinum Mica, Champagne Mica and Silver Metallic. Valflon was the ideal choice for this specific project, as it required a bold look with lots of gloss and shine. Even better, this coating is highly resistant to weathering, airborne chemicals, acid rain and graffiti-removing cleaning solvents.

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University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, St. Paul, Minnesota

It’s the best of both worlds at the state-of-the-art Bee and Pollinator Research Lab at the University of Minnesota. Inside, scientists are studying how to reverse the decline in wild pollinators and honeybees, while outside, robins and cardinals stand a significantly better chance of avoiding potentially deadly collisions with the building’s windows, thanks to energy-efficient, bird-safe glass combining technologies from Vitro Glass and Walker Textures®.

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Camp Havaya Eco-Village, Pocono Mountains, Pa.

Camp Havaya is an environmentally focused summer camp designed to Reconstructionist Theology; “Tikkun Olam – fixing of the world is in our hands.” It is built of earth-friendly materials such as: recycled plastic decking, milk crates, bottles and reclaimed doors; solar heated hot water, waterless urinals; PV panels and rain gardens. This summer camp teaches campers Reconstructionist Jewish precepts of saving the earth and enjoying life, using powerful social spaces and demonstrating sustainability with earth friendly materials.

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New York’s The Forge showcases distinctive, copper anodized, aluminum wall panel system

Opened this spring, The Forge, a 272-unit luxury residential tower in Long Island, New York, features a façade of copper-colored anodized aluminum cladding. Designed by FXCollaborative, its distinctive, artistically inspired, industrial-influenced, exterior is composed of Dri-Design’s aluminum wall panel system finished by Linetec. The project is pursuing LEED® Silver certification.

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UCLA Luskin Conference Center sets a high bar for hospitality sustainability, features Wausau’s windows, doors and curtainwall

The recently opened University of California Los Angeles’ Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center (UCLA Luskin Conference Center) sets a new standard for conference centers and hotels, not just in a campus setting, but for the hospitality industry as a whole. Last year, the $162 million building earned LEED® Platinum certification and is considered one of the most sustainable hotels in the United States. Supporting UCLA Luskin Conference Center’s sustainability goals, acoustic performance and access to natural light were key contributors. Windows dominate the conference center’s lobby and meeting rooms, flooding the interior with sunshine. Wausau Window and Wall Systems provided high-performance windows, terrace doors and a curtainwall to help manage exterior noise and interior comfort, while contributing to the building’s overall energy efficiency.

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KWK Architects Designs Multi-Phase Community Replacement

The University of Missouri (Mizzou) in Columbia, MO is bustling with two new residence halls; a state-of-the-art, multi-restaurant dining facility; and a Starbucks coffeehouse – all designed by KWK Architects as part of a multi-phase community redevelopment project. The three-phased, master plan would include a total of five new residence halls and a distinctive dining facility to replace an outdated dining hall and three residential towers, all of which were demolished to make room for the new buildings.

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The Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island, New York

Architects specify rainscreen systems to fulfill two primary functions: the first is to keep moisture from entering a building; the second is to prevent heat from escaping. Thanks to a collaboration between Morphosis Architects, A. Zahner Company and PPG, the rainscreen system on The Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech does more than serve those purposes – it also works as a color-shifting wall of art.

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Ashley McGraw Architects Designs New MacArthur Elementary School in Binghamton, NY

In 2011, the existing MacArthur Elementary School was destroyed when the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers flooded due to Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene. The school was the heart of a vibrant city neighborhood and served an ethnically, socioeconomically and racially diverse student population. Ashley McGraw Architects aimed to redefine what an urban elementary school could be, restore and revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and create a deeply sustainable and resilient building and site.

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Los Gatos Library, California

Nestled at the foot of a wooded hillside, the new Los Gatos Public Library is a key element within a master plan that strengthens the connection between the town’s civic center and historic Pageant Park. With its rectangular form, the two-story public library complements the adjacent 1960s Civic Center, an elegant masonry building split into quadrants and located partially below grade. “We wanted to create a connection with, and a contrast to, the existing 1960s-era Civic Center building,” notes Chris Noll, FAIA, Principal in Charge and co-founder of Noll & Tam.

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Orlando International Airport’s South Intermodal Terminal Facility topped with Acurlite skylight, finished by Linetec

The ITF is expected to be the first building on the Orlando International Airport campus to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 certification standards. Featuring an 8,000-square-foot, heavy-duty commercial skylight, the ITF’s daylighting system helps connect those arriving and working within the space to the welcoming surroundings and Florida sunshine outside. Acurlite Structural Skylights, Inc. manufactured and installed the low-rise, segmented barrel vault skylight. Linetec provided stretch forming, thermally improvement and finishing of the skylight to meet the airport’s aesthetic, sustainability and high-performance requirements.

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Shepley Bulfinch and University of Houston Celebrate Grand Opening of Health 2, the University’s Second Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

Shepley Bulfinch announced today the completion of Health 2, the University of Houston’s (UH) second health and biomedical sciences building. The newest component of Houston’s Carnegie-Designated Tier One public research institution, Health 2 is a nine-story, 300,000 SF facility that provides a new home for the University’s College of Pharmacy, the Student Health Center, community clinical and wellness spaces, and two floors of expanded research space.

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High Performance Systems Performs Floor Installation for Electrical Generation Facility in New Jersey

This flooring project was completed for one of the largest electrical generation plants in New Jersey. More specifically the new flooring system would be installed in the machine shop of the facility. In the machine shop old generators and parts were refurbished which, required heavy machining equipment, forklifts, and a 50-ton hoist. Due to the heavy loads and substances required to complete daily machine shop operations, the floor needed to have excellent scratch, abrasion, impact and chemical resistance. To complete the project, High Performance Systems, a local resinous flooring contractor was hired to replace the existing 14,000 sq. ft. floor with a new epoxy system in 3 days. To avoid a plant shutdown, the project was scheduled to start on New Year’s Eve.

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CJ Blossom Park Named the Best New Laboratory in the World

The design of CJ Blossom Park is founded on CannonDesign’s “New Scientific Workplace” concept — a radical design approach that replaces traditional laboratory planning ideas with integrated innovation strategies to create dynamic, boundary-less environments that increase productivity, efficiency and creativity.

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St. Elizabeth’s Hospital features inviting canopies outside, patient-focused care inside

“Design goals from the start included addressing wellness, systems and integration, and patient and staff experience throughout the facility. We additionally challenged the team to incorporate themes around our patron saint, Saint Elizabeth, and her history of serving the sick and the poor,” says Susan Holloway, RN, BSN, director of construction management for HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

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Bruciato on Bainbridge Island, Washington

Above the fifteen-seat bar – inlaid with Carrara marble in a chevron pattern – and along the eastern wall, hang steel light fixtures designed by Eerkes and Perhacs Studio, both island residents. Salvaged church benches serve as seating for the two-top tables, which feature old growth, salvaged fir. Weather permitting, a custom galvanized-steel bi-fold door opens the restaurant directly to the sidewalk, merging inside with outside. In the back corner of the restaurant, next to the brick pizza oven imported from Stefano Ferrara of Naples, is a custom-designed, blackened-steel, diamond-structured firewood rack. About the feel of the space, which seats 90, Eerkes notes, “The island is very community-focused. I wanted to design a comfortable place I’d be proud to take my friends. Bruciato has become the island clubhouse.”

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Carbon neutrality is now reality at American University

American University publicly pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 in 2010. Due to the commitment, leadership, and innovative strategic planning of its staff, faculty, and students, AU has reached its goal two years early. AU is not only the first carbon neutral university in the nation, but also the first urban campus and the first research university to accomplish this important achievement. AU has met the guidelines set by Second Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating climate action in and through higher education, to become a carbon neutral university.

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Metal Design and Sleek Coatings Provide Air-Like Aesthetic for Renovated Boeing Facility

Calloway Johnson Moore & West of Lexington, PA was hired as the architecture firm for the development. Due to the heavy industrial use of the facility, CENTRIA’s Formawall® Dimension Series® insulated metal panels were chosen to provide thermal efficiency as well as wind and flame resistance. The panels offer superior weather protection, and deliver a sleek façade. The CENTRIA metal wall panels were coated in Sherwin-Williams Coil Coating’s Fluropon® Classic metallic coating in the colors Pewter and Silversmith – providing an air-like aesthetic to the facility’s exterior with the main overcast gray tone perfectly accented by the dark gray.

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland improves energy efficiency with 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Prestige Exterior Series

The Hall and Museum are housed in an iconic geometric building designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei. The main tower soars more than 160 feet (48.7 meters) into the air and supports a dual-triangular-shaped glass “tent” that contains more than 55,000 square feet (5,109 square meters) of exhibition space, along with administrative offices, shopping space and a cafe. All of that glass allows the Hall to present priceless artifacts in natural light. However, protecting those treasures from the effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays and keeping the building cool on sunny days also presents a challenge to building managers.

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DePauw University’s new Dining Hall reflects historic campus design, meets LEED Gold criteria

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), DePauw University’s Hoover Hall provides a new dining hall for the Indiana university, while carrying forward the Georgian character of the campus and complementing the historic East College building. The $32 million project was completed on time, under budget and to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Gold criteria.

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The Tower at PNC Plaza Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Vitro Architectural Glass and PNC Financial Services Group have played integral roles in the development of sustainable architecture. PNC has more newly constructed LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified green buildings than any company in the world, while Vitro Glass products have figured prominently in many of PNC’s signature architectural projects, including its boldest yet: The Tower at PNC Plaza. Opened in 2015 and planned to be one of the greenest office buildings ever built, the 33-story high-rise appears on the surface to be a conventional glass-and-steel skyscraper, yet the sleekly polished exterior hides a second glass façade that architectural firm Gensler designed, along with a rooftop solar chimney, to create a “breathing” building that uses fresh air and solar energy to naturally cool, heat and self-ventilate for much of the year.

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The Hangar at Kenmore Town Square in Kenmore, Washington

The 4,600-square-foot Hangar and 24,000-square-foot Town Square provide a year-round focal point and a symbolic living room for the city. Located in the heart of downtown, the complex touches upon the primal notions of gathering, creating a venue for passive and active recreation while ensuring a home for nature in the rapidly growing community.  The Hangar, conceived as a pavilion, is designed to morph depending upon weather or functional requirements.

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Race Pace Bicycles Treads Forward with Challenging Renovation

Ammon Heisler Sachs Architects was hired to conduct a full-scale remodel of the interior and exterior of the warehouse. Plans were also developed to add 4,800 square-feet to house the company’s sales floor and storeroom. A major face-lift was needed to the structure’s façade to attract customers and convey the Race Pace Bicycle brand. To accomplish this, Fabral 12″ and 16″ Silhouette HCF Series™ metal wall panels finished in Valspar Fluropon® coating in Slate Gray and a custom red were installed in a continuous horizontal pattern on the exterior.

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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Officially Breaks Ground

With an iconic building designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the 300,000 square-foot non-profit museum will feature collection galleries and exhibition spaces displaying original works of art from world renowned artists, cutting-edge digital technologies and daily film screenings in two state-of-the-art theaters. It will also offer extraordinary educational opportunities with hands-on and digital classrooms and a free public research library for educators, scholars and students. Education will be a centerpiece of the Museum’s programming to provide diverse students of all ages the skills to voice their own stories and spark creativity. “The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be an architectural wonder, a cultural treasure, and a center of storytelling and creativity at the heart of a reimagined Exposition Park,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I thank Mellody Hobson and George Lucas for their incredible generosity and vision, which will inspire countless Angelenos and visitors from around the world.”

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Minnesota’s new Metro Transit shelters feature Linetec finishes

Minnesota’s Metro Transit owns and maintains more than 700 transit shelters throughout the Twin Cities. Recently, the region’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) – the A Line – added 38 shelters and 40 signage pylons engineered by Duo-Gard. Constructed of aluminum and finished by Linetec in a clear anodize, the shelters and signage offer high-traffic durability in every season.

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Shepley Bulfinch Completes New John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Shepley Bulfinch is pleased to announce the grand opening of John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, the only freestanding pediatric hospital in New York State and one of 43 nationwide. The new $270 million, 410,000 SF, 185-bed facility is the regional perinatal center and ACS Level 1 pediatric trauma center. It includes a 64-bed private room neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery unit, joint pediatric hematology/oncology unit in partnership with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services co-located to meet the growing demand of pediatric and women’s health services for Kaleida Health, Western New York and beyond.

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Re-Imagining the Media Center for Next Century Learning

Sartell-St. Stephen Independent School District, in Central Minnesota, is dramatically evolving traditional learning spaces and media centers to meet the needs of “next century” learners. Cuningham Group Architecture and IIW Minnesota are partnering with the school district to construct a new 1,350-student high school opening in the fall of 2019. Media centers have historically served as a centrally-located hub of learning and activity. But today’s media specialists, school leaders and designers recognize that as technology continues to evolve, designs need to incorporate flexible learning environments and skill-based learning opportunities.

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Chophouse Row in Seattle

Chophouse Row is conceived as a way to merge past, present and future; repurposing existing structures and knitting new and old together in a forward-looking prototype that stimulates and supports its neighborhood. Created from a collection of contiguous properties within a single block in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the design puts in place the last phase of a larger vision and master plan developed by the client. Rather than consider the eclectic mix of buildings and empty space an impediment to development, the owner recognized the value of the structures’ hard-won patina and unique character. By integrating a diverse, mutually-supportive combination of activities that includes living, working, and retail in one contiguous array of spaces, the development results in a village within a village

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Renovation of the Irish Hunger Memorial in Manhattan Completed

Battery Park City Authority (BPCA), CTA Architects, P.C., construction manager The LiRo Group, and contractor Nicholson & Galloway, Inc. have completed the $5.3 million renovation and waterproofing of the Irish Hunger Memorial. The project restored the monument to its former magnificence, while rendering it significantly less susceptible to damage from weather for years to come. The Memorial, designed by internationally renowned sculptor and public artist Brian Tolle, originally opened in 2002. It is a contemplative space devoted to honor the Great Irish Hunger and Migration of 1845-1852, while encouraging viewers to contemplate present-day hunger worldwide. Over the years, it had succumbed to water infiltration from above and subsequent water damage.

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Tooker House at Arizona State University

Tooker House at Arizona State University is a new 7-story, 458,000-square-foot living/learning facility for freshman engineering students. The building features 1,582 beds; five staff apartments; a 27,000-square-foot, 525-seat dining hall; a convenience store; numerous dedicated student study and social lounges; a large maker lab and flexible classroom; and a fitness center. Using the vernacular of desert architecture as its point of departure, the design team sought to create a sustainable building appropriate to its context that could endure, and even leverage, the harsh desert climate of Tempe.

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Seguin Public Library in Texas earns LEED Gold and awards, features Tubelite’s curtainwall and entrance systems

When the City of Seguin, Texas, decided to tear down its old library and build a new one, the priority was to leverage the natural beauty of its site along the banks of Walnut Creek. In Nov. 2017, the project earned LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. Bringing the outdoors inside of this two-story facility, Tubelite’s curtainwall and storefront frames these natural views and leverages natural light. In addition, cantilevered decks overlook the creek and a popular walking and biking trail.

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Hoefer Wysocki completes $20 million design of Northland Innovation Center

“One of the most important goals of the center was not only to provide a creative learning environment, but to help faculty and students think differently about how they learn and teach, to challenge the status quo and to shift the culture of education,” says Hosam Habib, lead designer at Hoefer Wysocki. “The design is truly an integral part of the learning experience. Being able to create an alternative space for students from kindergarten all the way to those getting their master’s degree is what makes this such a unique project.”

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Hoefer Wysocki Architecture completes design for Kansas State University’s Dave and Elle Learning Commons

Hoefer Wysocki’s project scope included architectural programing, planning and design. Design features of the Dave and Elle Learning Commons encourage a collegial experience, focused on the interaction of people and technology. It will include 20 collaboration spaces, a digital innovation center, a 100-seat auditorium, a café, open seating, a large classroom and two seminar rooms. The library offers students five uniquely-designed zones to meet, study, relax, invent and share ideas. Driven by the notion of creating a library without books, the Dave and Elle Learning Commons will provide a natural space for students to interact and work in groups, while also offering areas for direct instruction and controlled, introspective study.

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Substantial’s new open work space

Substantial is a digital product studio that was founded in 2006 and moved into the 100-year-old building in 2013. goCstudio was brought on board to redesign the entire 14,000-square-foot upper floor of the building to create an open plan office that would accommodate the growing needs of the company. The challenge was to create a cohesive open plan work space which retained the feel of the original Substantial space and would maximize the existing character of the building; exposed brick walls, old growth Douglas Fir beams and roof decking, and warehouse style window walls.

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Shepley Bulfinch Unveils Iconic Library at Ringling College of Art and Design

Shepley Bulfinch announced the formal grand opening of the Ringling College of Art and Design’s new Alfred R. Goldstein College Library in Sarasota, Florida. At a cost of $20 million, the nearly 50,000 SF new facility is one of the largest art research libraries in the southeastern United States. The library creates a vibrant locus for learning at the heart of Ringling College’s expanding campus.

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How Vancouver Greened its Waterfront

The Vancouver Convention Centre West holistically integrates a metropolitan downtown with one of the most spectacular natural ecosystems in North America. Completed in 2009, and certified as the world’s first LEED Platinum convention center (and recently becoming the world’s first double LEED Platinum convention center following LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, v.4), the project weaves together architecture, interiors, urban design, and landscape in a unified piece of the urban fabric that functions literally as a living part of both the city and the harbor.

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Simply Measured in Seattle

Simply Measured, a Seattle-based marketing analytics company, sought to reinvent their existing work environment while satisfying their need to accommodate a growing development team and sales force. Located in the World Trade Center East Building along the waterfront in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. Recently named one of the “top 25 places to work in Seattle,” the client was interested in providing more informal, communal gathering spaces and work areas as well as traditional desk layouts to support their diverse staff. Splashes of color—blue-painted walls, ceilings, and floors—help organize the space while providing a not-so-subtle nod to the corporate brand color.

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YKK AP Curtain Wall Creates a Modern Look

Founded in the 1980s, the prestigious Georgia State School of Law was in need of a new facility that would meet the demands of modern schooling and standards of sustainability. For architect, John Elvin, it was vital that the vision not only be durable for college activity, but also inventive and meaningful to the local area. A key feature of the building would be a 7 ½- inch curtain wall. The team selected the YCW 750 XT IG Curtain Wall System from YKK AP America, a system proven to meet the strictest sustainable building codes and provide excellent energy efficiency.

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Western Specialty Contractors Working with Renowned Team to Restore Iconic Saban Building in Los Angeles

Western Specialty Contractors branches in Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA are teaming up on a project to restore the historic Saban Building (formerly May Company department store) in Los Angeles, CA—the future home of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Western crews are working alongside renowned historic preservation consultant John Fidler, New York Pritzker-Prize winning architect Renzo Piano with Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Gensler, general contractor Matt Construction of Los Angeles, CA, and owner’s representative Paratus Group of New York, NY.

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New Jersey’s 3 Journal Square frames Manhattan views with Winco windows featuring dual color finishes by Linetec

Opened in June 2017, 3 Journal Square’s mixed-use 240-unit apartment building attracts New Jersey’s young professionals with a high-style aesthetic, modern performance and LEED® Silver certification. Framing the urban views and daylit interiors, Winco Windows supplied its 8250 Infinity Series windows, finished by Linetec, for the property’s 628 daylight openings.

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325 Westlake in Seattle

Part arts initiative and part residential development, 325 Westlake merges old and new structures to create a building that preserves the character of the existing building and the site, while ensuring its continued usefulness. “The project embodies an incredibly diverse mix of programs…not just a studio, not just a gallery, not just a place to live…it’s all of these uses combined and catalyzed to sustain the mission of sup-porting emerging artists,” said Jim Graham, AIA, principal, Graham Baba Architects.

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SOLARBAN glass specified for Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that Solarban® 70XL and Solarban 72 solar control, low-emissivity (low-e) glasses and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glass have been selected for the Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) complex in the heart of Singapore Changi International Airport. Jewel is envisaged to be a world-class lifestyle destination that will be a game-changer for Changi Airport, amidst intensifying competition on the global airport landscape. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the structure will feature a distinctive dome-shaped façade made of steel and glass.

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Western Specialty Contractors restores three-level parking structure

Parking garages are important structures that require extensive maintenance to minimize damage from environmental stressors and daily wear-and-tear. And when parking is at a premium, contractors must make sure repairs are performed in a timely manner and with as little disruption as possible to drivers. Such was the case when Western Specialty Contractors – Little Rock, AR Branch restored a three-level parking structure for the Kirkpatrick Plaza office building at 10800 Financial Centre Pkwy.

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Inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

Master Craft Floors, an award-winning flooring contractor with experience in large hospitality projects in Las Vegas, was selected to help specify and install the enormous swaths of carpet, soft surface, resinous, sealed concrete and polished concrete flooring. The process resulted in a stunning, contemporary entertainment facility, T-Mobile Arena. The architectural and design masterpiece is now a regular backdrop for concerts, events, headline boxing matches and a variety of other performing arts.

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Utah’s Sandy Commerce offices feature mountain views framed by Tubelite’s systems

Attracting Utah’s discerning office tenants, Sandy Commerce boasts floor-to-ceiling glass with mountain views, thanks in part to the storefront, curtainwall and entrance systems provided by Tubelite Inc. These high-performance systems also contribute to the project’s energy efficiency and sustainability goals, earning LEED® Silver certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Boulder Valley School District opens Meadowlark School

“The design of the new Meadowlark School equips us for the future and fully supports our mission which is to create challenging, meaningful and engaging learning opportunities so that all children thrive,” said Rob Price, Assistant Superintendent of Operational Services at Boulder Valley School District. “The fact that this building was designed and constructed in such a tight time frame shows the tremendous effort by Cuningham Group Architecture, FCI Constructors, Inc., BVSD staff and all of the other consultants and subcontractors involved.  The ribbon-cutting celebrates everyone’s efforts to make this project a reality and it highlights the beginning of our new educational model.”

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Margulies Perruzzi Architects Completes New Global Customer Fulfillment Center for Boston Scientific

Margulies Perruzzi Architects announced Friday the completion of a new, 694,000 SF global customer fulfillment center for Boston Scientific Corporation. Located on Squantum Point in Quincy, Mass., the state-of-the-art facility expands and modernizes the company’s logistics and distribution functions, and aligns with the goals of the company’s Global Facilities Master Plan. Boston Scientific selected MPA to design the interior fit-out and building envelope renovations for this sustainably designed building, which was completed in September 2017.

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The Maggie’s Centre Barts, designed by Steven Holl Architects, opens in London

Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive said, “It is with great pride that we can announce the opening of Maggie’s Barts. The Centre helps us to extend Maggie’s vital practical and emotional support to more people across the capital.” She added, “Steven Holl’s design is a perfect blend of old and new and sits beautifully next to the historical hospital site. With its colored glass and peaceful roof garden, designed by Darren Hawkes, I am sure the Centre will provide a safe haven for people living with cancer and their family and friends across the East of London.”

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Presidio VC Offices in San Francisco

A growing technology investment firm was seeking a light-filled design for their new office space. As is often the case in historic buildings such as San Francisco’s Presidio, structural concrete columns and ridge skylights imposed a repetitive infrastructure that could not be altered.

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Seattle’s Third & Harrison office building features Wausau’s curtainwall and windows

Developed by Martin Selig Real Estate, Seattle’s Third & Harrison is a new 185,000-square-foot, five-floor office building and home to Holland America Cruise Lines. Perkins+Will’s architectural team envisioned the project as a new, sustainably designed icon for urban professionals to work near the natural wonders the city has to offer. Amenities include plentiful underground parking, vegetated roof terraces, and street amenities such as seating and pocket parks.

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195 CHURCH offices’ window retrofit increases energy efficiency

Located on the New Haven Green, 195 CHURCH is undergoing a $6 million energy-efficient window and lighting retrofit. Implementing recommendations from Globelé Energy and Apogee Enterprises, Inc.’s Building Retrofit Strategy Team, the property’s tenants already are experiencing more comfortable workspaces.

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Acoustic Engineering chooses Rockfon ceiling systems

The new 9,000-square-foot office in Mississauga, Ontario, transformed a former warehouse space that is attached to a larger multi-tenant office building. The challenge was to leverage the dynamics of collaborative office space—with glass walls and doors to maintain visual connection to the day-lit open areas—yet create sound privacy and acoustic comfort in enclosed meeting rooms and other areas. Rockfon stone wool ceiling panels, which harness the natural power of stone to enrich modern living, were part of the design that helped achieve Aercoustics’ goals.

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Maldives’ Milaidhoo Island Resort showcases heritage of the region

The design of Maldives’ new Milaidhoo Island Resort showcases the traditional history and heritage of the region with custom-made, locally produced elements throughout. Natural building materials and decorations (wood, stone, coconut thatching) were used in construction to ensure that the style remains in touch with nature.

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LMN Architects celebrates opening of the Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center

The Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center (PAEC) puts cultural arts at the heart of urban vitality, establishing a core identity and focal point for a rapidly growing, richly diverse community. This multi-functional 46,013-square-foot center and adjacent civic park are positioned to catalyze ongoing development and investment in the city for years to come, ensuring Federal Way’s vibrant future in the region.

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The Austin: Designed for Living in the Ethereal-Material World in San Francisco

The Austin is designed by Edmonds + Lee Architects, a full-service design, development, and architecture firm based in San Francisco’s Mission District. The building embodies principals Robert Edmond’s and Vivian Lee’s commitment to producing work that explores relationships of light, space, plane, material, and the endless possibilities of form.

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Shepley Bulfinch Completes Interdisciplinary Science Center at Davidson College

Shepley Bulfinch announced the completion of the E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center (Wall Center) at Davidson College, a private liberal arts college with nearly 2,000 students in Davidson, North Carolina. The new Wall Center, and renovation of the adjoining Martin Chemistry Laboratory building, together comprise nearly 164,500 SF for collaborative teaching and research labs, faculty offices, and collaboration spaces, while providing campus amenities for the entire Davidson community.

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San Antonio’s Cellars at Pearl features Wausau Window and Wall Systems

Cellars at Pearl’s East and West Towers’ 122 apartments range from 650-square-foot floor plans with one bedroom and one bath to 2450-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath junior penthouses. The towers’ feeling and function is credited to the collaboration of Three: Living Architecture and Don B. McDonald, AIA. Described as a South Texas/Spanish “refined ranch” aesthetic, the towers incorporate native stone, mission tile, reclaimed brick, salvaged hardwood floors, high ceilings, expansive windows, and private terraces and balconies.

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400 Fairview conceived as a catalyst for urban engagement

The nature of development in the urban realm is changing from buildings that are predominantly single-purpose structures into multi-use destinations and connected communities—and 400 Fairview embodies this change. At thirteen stories and 337,000-square-feet, this mixed-use building was conceived as a catalyst for urban engagement.

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HYPARBOLE: CANDELA SANS CONCRETE

When THEVERYMANY debut a new project in its final form, you can be sure that it has assumed many more guises over the course of its development. HYPARBOLE is no exception: it is the elegant outcome of focused research, countless models, and sometimes multiple prototypes. Our winning 2013 competition entry for this contemporary public art project at the Rhode Island College Fine Arts Center updates 20th-century structural experimentation within the contemporary paradigm of computational production. Here, we take Candela’s 4-12 centimeters of concrete to just 3 millimeters of aluminum.

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Fired-clay brick exteriors and pavers allow virtually unlimited design freedom with earth-friendly sustainability. Brick’s tested superior durability, moisture resistance, seismic strength and performance in extreme weather offers a minimum one-hour fire rating by itself. Made from abundant natural clay and shale, fired-clay brick is available in many colors that do not fade, does not off-gas volatile organize compounds (VOCs) or other toxic materials with a 100-year lifespan.

Fired-clay brick exteriors and pavers allow virtually unlimited design freedom with earth-friendly sustainability. Brick’s tested superior durability, moisture resistance, seismic strength and performance in extreme weather offers a minimum one-hour fire rating by itself. Made from abundant natural clay and shale, fired-clay brick is available in many colors that do not fade, does not off-gas volatile organize compounds (VOCs) or other toxic materials with a 100-year lifespan.

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